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Guardian | Feb 21, 2019

Beijing’s might and ambitions, and the approach of Brexit, make the path ahead more difficult. It’s time for careful thoughtA few years ago, George Osborne announced that Britain’s relations with China were entering a “golden era”. On Thursday, his successor as chancellor gave a more measured assessment: they are “complex”, Philip Hammond said, noting that they “had not been made simpler” by the defence secretary Gavin Williamson’s threat to deploy an aircraft...

Guardian | Feb 21, 2019

Chancellor makes thinly-veiled rebuke to defence secretary, who threatened to deploy warship to Pacific

Time | Feb 21, 2019

(BEIJING) — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. says it will no longer sell or service genetic sequencers in China’s mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang following criticism that they were used for surveillance that enabled human rights abuses, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The company in Waltham, Massachusetts, cited its “values, ethics code and policies,” according to the Journal. The company said it recognized the importance of considering how products “are used — or may be used — by our customers.”

Guardian | Feb 21, 2019

Global markets rise after President Trump says there is ‘no magical date’ in trade talks with China, raising hopes that a tariff increase on 1 March will be avoided 7.58am GMT Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.Asian markets have followed Wall Street higher this morning after Donald Trump boosted hopes that a planned increase in tariffs to 25% on goods imported from China could be avoided.

Guardian | Feb 21, 2019

Dalian has blocked imports from China’s top supplier, Reuters reports, amid simmering diplomatic tension between Beijing and CanberraOne of China’s biggest ports has banned imports of Australian coal and will cap overall coal imports for 2019 through its harbours at 12m tonnes, an official at Dalian Port Group has said.The indefinite ban on imports from Australia, which is China’s top coal supplier, comes as major ports elsewhere in China prolong clearing times for Australian coal to at least 40 days, Reuters has reported.

Guardian | Feb 21, 2019

Residents of cities like Chester, outside Philadelphia, fear a rise in pollution from incinerators after China’s recycling banThe conscientious citizens of Philadelphia continue to put their pizza boxes, plastic bottles, yoghurt containers and other items into recycling bins.

The Sydney Morning Herald | Feb 20, 2019

Mohammed Bin Salman arrives in China in the middle of a multi-country swing through Asia designed to polish his image abroad.

Guardian | Feb 20, 2019

Scholar with a crucial role in helping the west understand China’s opaque politicsRoderick MacFarquhar, who has died aged 88, was one of the most significant sinologists of the last 100 years, a figure who through a variety of academic posts and a series of books from the 1960s onwards opened up to the outside world the opaque machinations of elite politics in the People’s Republic of China.The three volumes of his best-known book, Origins of the Cultural Revolution, published between...

Guardian | Feb 20, 2019

Fang Fenghui convicted of bribery offences and unclear source of assets in crackdown A former chief of staff of China’s military who was swept up in President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft crackdown has been sentenced to life in prison, state media said on Wednesday.Fang Fenghui, who was appointed to the People’s Liberation Army’s top post in 2012, was convicted of accepting and offering bribes, and having an unclear source of a huge amount of assets, news agency Xinhua reported....

Foxnews | Feb 20, 2019

China says it backs Tanzania's sentencing of a Chinese woman labeled the "ivory queen" to 15 years in jail for smuggling elephant tusks.

Time | Feb 20, 2019

(JOHANNESBURG) — A Tanzanian judge has sentenced a Chinese trafficker who was labeled the “ivory queen” to 15 years in jail after she was convicted of smuggling about 700 elephant tusks.
The PAMS Foundation, a conservation group supporting Tanzanian efforts to curb wildlife crime, says the conviction Tuesday of Yang Fenglan shows that Tanzanian authorities are serious about cracking down on trafficking.
The case against Yang, who was arrested in 2015, was viewed as a major test of Africa-wide efforts to hold key trafficking figures accountable for the mass killing of elephants...

Foxnews | Feb 19, 2019

China is keeping foreign travelers out of Tibet during sensitive political anniversaries.

The Sydney Morning Herald | Feb 19, 2019

China’s Xinjiang camps share much with Stalin’s gulag and Hitler’s concentration camps as they reflect a drive to not only use repression as a means of control but also the desire to mobilise society “behind an exclusive ideology” and “to ‘educate’ people into becoming committed believers, to claim them in soul as well as body”.

Guardian | Feb 19, 2019

Jenny Shipley says she would never think of writing such a piece for the People’s Daily amid current tensionsFormer New Zealand prime minister Dame Jenny Shipley has denied writing a controversial opinion piece for a Chinese state-run newspaper headlined: “We need to learn to listen to China”.The piece drew scathing criticism from New Zealand’s deputy prime minister, Winston Peters, and comes at a time of heightened tensions between the two countries.

Time | Feb 19, 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been shunned by much of the world after the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, which the CIA concluded he had ordered.